The missing start button in Windows 8 often leaves new users in a lurch. Add to it the fact that some simple and essential features like Shut Down and Restart are not be seen anywhere. I have seen some computer savvy people struggle to find the power button. Yes, Alt + F4 still works, but not all people use keyboard shortcuts to perform actions in Windows. Seasoned Windows 8 users may not give it a second thought, but using a convoluted process to access power options does not earn Windows 8 any points for user-friendliness.

Once you get to know it, accessing power options is not that difficult. Swipe your mouse to the bottom right corner of the screen or press Win + C to bring up the charms bar and go to settings. You may access settings directly by using the shortcut Win + I. Click on the Power button and you have the option to Sleep, Shut Down and Restart (or Update and Restart). For some reason, Hibernate option is missing from the list. Here is how to enable it.

Steps to Enable Hibernate Feature in Windows 8

Bring up the settings panel (Win + I) and go to Control Panel.


Go to Power Options. If you are using category view in the control panel, go to System and Security > Power Options.


Click on the Choose what the power button does link on the in the left panel.


Select Change settings that are currently unavailable. You need to be an administrator to access these settings.


You will see the Shutdown settings in which the Hibernate option is unchecked. Enable it and click on Save Changes.


The Hibernate option is now enabled and it should be available for use next time you bring up the power menu.


Hibernate has its uses, but if your system has a reliable and stable power supply, using Sleep can serve your purpose. Your PC stays on but consumes very less power. All of your applications stay open so that you can immediately resume from where you had left off. Anyways, if hibernation is your thing, now you know how to enable it on your system.